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New Years Day – Open(ing) Space 2:00 pm
New Years Day – Open(ing) Space
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Years Day - Open(ing) Space
The Salon is intended to provide a gathering space and incubator for a more empathic, democratic, and resilient community. You’re welcome to drop in New Year’s Day any time from 2 to 6pm to learn[...]
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Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show 4:00 pm
First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Jan 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Fridays - Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Drop in any time between 4 and 8pm to learn more about what’s happening at the Civic Salon, and check out the Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit – a pop-up show in a pop-up space. We’ll[...]
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A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed 10:00 am
A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed
From John Sherck: This coming Saturday, 1-7-2017 at 10:00am, I am going to be giving a little chat with discussion to follow, at the Salon in Goshen, Indiana. The official title of this event is,[...]
Opening Dialog – World Cafe 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help[...]
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Opening Dialog – Open Space 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help build organizing capacity, we’ll[...]
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Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center 7:00 pm
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon
Greetings! My name is Julia Schmidt and I am a current grad student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, although you might know me through my work at Maple City Market and/or Southside Fellowship. I am[...]
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Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees 9:00 am
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Build community, celebrate our immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims & refugees from hateful attacks and policies. Find an event near you: https://action.unitedwedream.org/calendars/global-day-to-protect-immigrants-refugees
Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign 2:00 pm
Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reviving Dr. King's Call for a Poor People's Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
To start off the weekend honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the People’s History of Elkhart organization invites you to a community celebration, “Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign.” The[...]
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 9:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Worship Service and Discussion Sermon: MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church Sermon Response and Discussion 11:00 a.m., College Mennonite Church Each year Goshen College honors the life[...]
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives 2:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives Please join us Sunday, January 15 from 2 to 4pm for a cafe-style conversation about potential changes to health care and insurance during this time[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song 7:00 p.m., Umble Center Through dance and song, sharing stories and fellowship, this evening gathering demonstrates the community and movements these times require.  Since 2009,[...]
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast 7:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Community Breakfast MLK, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Elkhart County since the Great Recession. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall The breakfast is open to the campus and the wider community. Advanced tickets[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse 9:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Spoken-Word Coffeehouse Featuring: GC students in a program of poetry and other readings 9:00 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Convocation A New Unsettling Force: MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 10:00-11:15 a.m., Church-Chapel Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures 12:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Get Ready Now!  Nonviolent Direct Action Skills and Faith for the Long-Haul Struggle for Justice. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 12:00-1:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Humanizing the enemy and tending to the trauma.[...]
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Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation 7:00 pm
Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation @ The Salon
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation @ The Salon
In September, Paul Steury presented a request to the city council that Goshen become the first city in Indiana to create a climate action plan. This is a chance to advance that conversation.   Come[...]
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Connecting the Dots 11:30 am
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
For this brown bag lunch, Phil Metzler of the Community Resilience Guild will give a presentation on “Connecting the Dots”. Mapping the ideas and resources we hold in common is one the primary activities of[...]
“Connecting the Dots” work session 3:00 pm
“Connecting the Dots” work session
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session
In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The[...]
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“Connecting the Dots” work session 10:00 am
“Connecting the Dots” work session @ The Salon
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session @ The Salon
In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The[...]
Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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A Time for HOPE 5:00 pm
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
ComUnidad is hosting an evening of music by Lalo Cura Acustico, a taco dinner, and la loteria (Mexican bingo) as a time of community building and fundraising for the Elkhart County HOPE Network, a grassroots[...]
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Intro to Transition 7:00 pm
Intro to Transition @ The Salon
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm
Intro to Transition @ The Salon
Gather with others who have an interest in creating a more resilient and localized community. Phil Metzler and Ben Beyeler will re-cap the history of Transition Goshen, share some of the cool initiatives that have emerged from[...]
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Transition social lunch 12:00 pm
Transition social lunch @ The Bricolage
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Transition social lunch @ The Bricolage
A continuation of the 2017 Transition Goshen reawakening. An opportunity for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions related to Transition and/or community resilience. Bring your own lunch.  Some table service will be available to[...]
Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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Transition social hour 4:00 pm
Transition social hour @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Transition social hour @ The Salon
A continuation of the 2017 Transition Goshen awakening. The last opportunity of the week for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions related to Transition and/or community resilience. Phil and Ben will bring drinks. (it’s[...]
Women’s March Potluck 6:00 pm
Women’s March Potluck @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm
Women's March Potluck @ The Salon
Many local women here in Elkhart made history this weekend, by participating in Women’s Marches accross the country, along with over 5 million people worldwide (Wow!). As a way to reflect, decompress, and discuss next[...]
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Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides 9:00 am
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Our country is currently experiencing what feels like for many a deepening and widening of social and political divides.  The effects for these divisions are being experienced within and between individuals and groups at all[...]
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Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” 2:00 pm
Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exploring Goshen's Third Side:  "When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Building on Saturday’s workshop on Dialogue, Philip Thomas will facilitate a workshop in which participants will explore together creative ways of promoting and strengthening the following core principles and values that many residents of Goshen[...]
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Jan
1
Sun
New Years Day – Open(ing) Space
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Salon is intended to provide a gathering space and incubator for a more empathic, democratic, and resilient community.

You’re welcome to drop in New Year’s Day any time from 2 to 6pm to learn more about the space and share your resolutions, reflections, or hopes for 2017. We’ll have a few interactive activities and you can learn more about other events in the works. More details to come.

As a pop-up space just for the month of January, we invite the community to use the Salon to initiate and convene activities that uphold principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice. The Community Resilience Guild will provide the space and help with facilitation and promotion as desired; you provide the ideas.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
5
Thu
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon

One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of Goshen to host weekly community game nights at the Salon.  BWB will have a lot of demo games available; just bring the fun!

Jan
6
Fri
First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Jan 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Fridays - Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show

Drop in any time between 4 and 8pm to learn more about what’s happening at the Civic Salon, and check out the Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit – a pop-up show in a pop-up space.

We’ll be happy to share more about the Salon and the World Cafe and Open Space events on Saturday and Sunday, as well as other initiatives emerging in the community.

The Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit consists of 24 posters by Douglas Gayeton designed to illuminate the most basic terms and principles that will define a more sustainable future.  The current exhibit focuses on local food systems, highlighting leaders and innovators from across the country and the ideas their work illustrates.

The Lexicon of Sustainability demonstrates the value of a common language for engaging many of the themes associated with the Civic Salon.

Jan
7
Sat
A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed

From John Sherck:

This coming Saturday, 1-7-2017 at 10:00am, I am going to be giving a little chat with discussion to follow, at the Salon in Goshen, Indiana. The official title of this event is, “A MICHIANA SEED BANK? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed Saving and Biodiversity”. I plan to share my experiences in seed saving and the possibility of real agricultural biodiversity here in the Michiana region. I believe we need a community seed bank, and I will share my thoughts as to why. All are welcome, and I look forward to positive discourse regarding food sovereignty and food diversity here in the Great Lakes Bio-region!

learn more about John Sherck and the Michiana Community Seed Bank

Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question:

How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good?

To help build organizing capacity, we’ll model a social technology designed for connection, dialogue, and action.  World Cafe consists of facilitated, rotating small group dialogs to explore specific questions for sharing and reflection.  The goal will be to build understanding and cohesion around key issues, needs, and opportunities affecting our community following the election.  More information on the World Cafe methodology can be found here.

(The modified Open Space on Sunday will be much less structured by comparison and more focused on next steps towards action).  Combined, the intent for these two events is to inform and catalyze further activities in the Salon over the rest of the month.  In addition to connecting with potential collaborators, the Community Resilience Guild will provide access to the Salon and help with facilitation and promotion as needed.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, as long they maintain principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.  Space is limited to 40 people on Saturday, so please RSVP to info@civicsalon.com.  The events events are designed to complement each other, so attending both is encouraged, but not required.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to help out.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
8
Sun
Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question:

How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good?

To help build organizing capacity, we’ll model this social technology designed for connection, dialogue, and action.  The modified Open Space on Sunday will be much less structured than Saturday’s World Cafe.  Attendees will be invited to consider what needs to happen leading up to the inauguration and lead with questions and ideas for feedback.  The goal will be to identify and support action that can be incubated and initiated through the pop-up space.  More information on the Open Space methodology can be found here.

Combined, the intent for the World Cafe and Open Space events is to inform and catalyze further activities in the Salon over the rest of the month.  In addition to connecting with potential collaborators, the Community Resilience Guild will provide access to the Salon and help with facilitation and promotion as needed.

Anyone is welcome to attend this free event, as long they maintain principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.  Space is limited to 60 people on Sunday, so please RSVP to info@civicsalon.com.  The events are designed to complement each other, so attending both is encouraged, but not required.

Let us know if you have questions or would like to help out.

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the west entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and the Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
10
Tue
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon

Greetings! My name is Julia Schmidt and I am a current grad student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, although you might know me through my work at Maple City Market and/or Southside Fellowship. I am very interested in issues of immigration and finding ways to make Elkhart County a welcoming place for all people. This school year I have been interning at Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes and have been researching beginning an Immigrant Resource Center here in Elkhart County. I believe there is a need for an organization to be the hub of information on resources and services for immigrants in our community. There are many great organizations doing work and I see a resource center as being the link to these organizations.

Instead of giving out direct resources, I envision using the model of Indianapolis’s Immigrant Welcome Center to connect recent immigrants with trained volunteers, known as “natural helpers,” who are immigrants themselves and can help connect them with resources such as health care, legal services, government agencies, public transportation, education, housing, job training, and more. Learn more about their Center at https://www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org/.

I also envision a resource center as the place to do education in the broader community about how immigrants contribute to our society. I would like to see the diverse communities in Elkhart County come together more to learn from each other and be able to support each other. I can envision the center being able to coordinate resources of everyone to make this county more hospitable to the immigrants who live as our neighbors.

I will be presenting my vision in more details at a community event this Tuesday night at 7pm at the Civic Salon in downtown Goshen. Stop in to hear my presentation and brainstorm together how we might make such a vision a reality in our community!

The Civic Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the alley (west) entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and to Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

Jan
12
Thu
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon

One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of Goshen to host weekly community game nights at the Salon.  BWB will have a lot of demo games available; just bring the fun!

Jan
14
Sat
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Build community, celebrate our immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims & refugees from hateful attacks and policies.

Find an event near you:
https://action.unitedwedream.org/calendars/global-day-to-protect-immigrants-refugees

Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To start off the weekend honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the People’s History of Elkhart organization invites you to a community celebration, “Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign.”

The free event will features food and dance, art and song — as well as its 5th annual community leadership awards — the “Drum Major for Justice” lifetime achievement award, and “Jericho Road Award” to a group working for transformative change.

On Saturday, January 14th at 2pm – come answer Dr. King’s call that America be “born again!”

https://www.facebook.com/events/300054527058172/

Jan
15
Sun
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am

Worship Service and Discussion

Sermon: MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church

Sermon Response and Discussion
11:00 a.m., College Mennonite Church

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Featured Weekend Speaker:

Sarah Thompson, M.Div.

Sarah Thompson, M.Div., is the executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, an organization that seeks to rectify injustice in non-violent ways. She is also a licensed pastor in the Indiana-Michigan Conference of Mennonite Church USA, and a member of an anti-Zionist synagogue, Tzedek Chicago. Public speaking, social movement building and civil society edification work have led her into 60 countries and countless communities.

Thompson grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and then studied at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she double majored in international studies and comparative women’s studies, and minored in Spanish. Graduating summa cum laude, she was Student Government president, the co-founder of the Atlanta University Center Peace Coalition and intern at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. In the summer of 2004 she returned home to south-central Elkhart to support neighborhood organizing that led to the saving of the Roosevelt Elementary school building. Now called the Historic Roosevelt Center, the building serves the community through meeting needs in the area of housing, meeting space, cultural celebration and organizing for social change. That summer of work also gave rise to the current Mennonite Voluntary Service unit, Jubilee House, hosted by Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Thompson’s home congregation.

Thompson was a member of Mennonite World Conference’s youth engagement efforts, attending the Global Youth Summit in Zimbabwe in 2003, and together with a global team of young adults, planned the subsequent summit in 2009. It brought together over 800 participants from 55 different countries to worship, network and think critically about the issues facing our global communion.  These experiences led Thompson to pursue her interest in the liberation theologies of various cultures and resistance movements. She attended Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 2008-11 and then worked at Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, from 2011-12.

In addition to what has been named, she’s interested in composting toilets, acupuncture, revolutionary mothering, and the intersections between racial and ecological justice.

Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon

Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives

Please join us Sunday, January 15 from 2 to 4pm for a cafe-style conversation about potential changes to health care and insurance during this time of political transition. The goal will be to build a deeper shared understanding of the values and perspectives that need to be accounted for, and to identify questions that participants have about the ACA or possible alternatives. The intent is to present these questions to experts who can provide us with facts and information on the questions at a later date.

Anyone willing to embrace principles of respectful communication is welcome to attend this free event.

The conversation will be hosted at the Civic Salon, located at 213 S Main St – enter from the alley (west) entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and to Back Alley Brewery and Art House (civicsalon.com).

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center

Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song

7:00 p.m., Umble Center

Through dance and song, sharing stories and fellowship, this evening gathering demonstrates the community and movements these times require.  Since 2009, the People’s History of Elkhart organization has brought people together across generations in multi-racial, cross-class efforts– including joining the work of reviving Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign.  Facilitated by Jason Shenk, Coordinator- People’s History of Elkhart, and Connie Caiceros, Executive Director of the Center for Community Justice, panelists will share stories that explore King’s call for a “revolution of values” and for America to be “born again.”  The evening will conclude with a dessert reception.

Panelists: 

Donald Brown: Criminal Justice and Immigration Working Group
Elias Garcia: Criminal Justice and Immigration Working Group
Dara Marquez: Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance
Will Stauffer: Poor People’s Campaign (Whitley County, Indiana)

Special Guests:

UZIMA! African Dance Troupe and Charles Coleman & Divine Favor

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Jan
16
Mon
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall

Community Breakfast

MLK, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Elkhart County since the Great Recession.
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
7:30-8:30 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

The breakfast is open to the campus and the wider community.

Advanced tickets required
Before January 3: $18 per ticket or $144 per eight-person table.
After January 3: $22 per ticket or $176 per eight-person table.

Please make reservations via the Welcome Center or call: 574.535.7566.

Buy tickets online:

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Spoken-Word Coffeehouse

Featuring: GC students in a program of poetry and other readings
9:00 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Convocation @ College Mennonite Church

Convocation

A New Unsettling Force: MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign.
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
10:00-11:15 a.m., Church-Chapel

Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

This year’s theme reminds the Goshen community that #ItIsTime: time to tell your truth, time to speak, time to tend to trauma, time for restoration, and time for compassion.

www.goshen.edu/mlk

Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church

Get Ready Now!  Nonviolent Direct Action Skills and Faith for the Long-Haul Struggle for Justice.
Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div.
12:00-1:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Humanizing the enemy and tending to the trauma.
Featuring: Amela Puljek-Shenk
12:00-1:15 p.m., Koinonia Room

Open Space Process on Organizing Across Historic Divisions in Elkhart County.
Featuring: Connie Caiceros and Jason Shenk
1:30-2:45 p.m., Koinonia Room

Community leaders from the People’s History of Elkhart organization will share about organizing approaches that are “intersectional,” addressing what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called the triple evils of racism, poverty, and militarism — as well as what many call the “fourth horseman” of ecological devastation. The majority of time will then be an “open space” process for participants to explore how this weekend’s concepts can strengthen work that they’re already doing (or would like to do) in Elkhart County, especially with unlikely allies.

Restorative Practices for Tending the Movement
Featuring: Katerina Friesen
1:30-2:45 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

In this workshop, participants will learn information about restorative personal and communal practices of self-care such as breath meditation, prayer with our bodies and mindful eating.

Katarina Friesen is a writer and pastor living in the St. Joseph River watershed in Elkhart, Indiana.  She is passionate about building resilient communities for the many-generations-long work of healing.

Town Hall: #ItIsTime
Featuring: Goshen College Faculty and Students
3:00-4:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

For more information, contact DaVonne Kramer at dkramer@goshen.eduor 574.535.7030.

Jan
17
Tue
Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation @ The Salon
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation @ The Salon
In September, Paul Steury presented a request to the city council that Goshen become the first city in Indiana to create a climate action plan. This is a chance to advance that conversation.
 
Come hear about what a climate action plan is, who else has implemented one, what it takes and help brainstorm new Goshen Indiana ideas that can help our fair city lessen their impact on the earth and the atmosphere.
 
The presentation is intended to stimulate discussion about aligning efforts with other green initiatives and opportunities. The Salon provides a perfect venue for sharing ideas and getting to work. After the presentation, we’ll have a variety of ways for you to offer feedback and ideas.
 
Read more here: http://www.goshennews.com/news/local_news/environmental-educator-envisions-a-greener-goshen/article_28f4fa1b-b9bc-5c48-a4a5-2dfba3f34bb9.html
Jan
18
Wed
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
For this brown bag lunch, Phil Metzler of the Community Resilience Guild will give a presentation on “Connecting the Dots”. Mapping the ideas and resources we hold in common is one the primary activities of the CRG, as introduced in this blog post: http://civicsalon.com/connecting-the-dots

The actual presentation will begin at noon, with time to network and check out the Salon beforehand. It’ll be a primer for working meetings on immigration, health care, and environmental action continuing at The Salon over the next two weeks.

“Connecting the Dots” work session
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session

In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The first two sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, 1/18 from 2-5pm
  • Thursday, 1/19 from 9-11am

This blog post offers a primer on “connecting the dots“.  If you have questions, or you are interested in helping but unable to attend, contact Phil Metzler at 574 349 7336 or phil@resilienceguild.org

Jan
19
Thu
“Connecting the Dots” work session @ The Salon
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session @ The Salon

In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The first two sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, 1/18 from 2-5pm
  • Thursday, 1/19 from 9-11am

This blog post offers a primer on “connecting the dots“.  If you have questions, or you are interested in helping but unable to attend, contact Phil Metzler at 574 349 7336 or phil@resilienceguild.org

Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon

One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of Goshen to host weekly community game nights at the Salon.  BWB will have a lot of demo games available; just bring the fun!

Jan
21
Sat
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
ComUnidad is hosting an evening of music by Lalo Cura Acustico, a taco dinner, and la loteria (Mexican bingo) as a time of community building and fundraising for the Elkhart County HOPE Network, a grassroots organization creating a safety net for local immigrants. There is no charge for the event. All of your donations go directly to HOPE thanks to our sponsors: Maple City Health Care, The Electric Brew, Better World Books, Community Resilience Guild, and Faith Mennonite Church.
Jan
24
Tue
Intro to Transition @ The Salon
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm
Intro to Transition @ The Salon

Gather with others who have an interest in creating a more resilient and localized community.

Phil Metzler and Ben Beyeler will re-cap the history of Transition Goshen, share some of the cool initiatives that have emerged from it, and open an invitation for anyone interested in advancing it further.

Come join the conversation and catch up with good folks who want to be part positive social change.

This event will be hosted at Goshen’s pop-up community space, The Civic Salon, located at 213 S. Main St. (entrance on the alley beside Better World Books).

Later in the week, we’ll have two more times for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions.

Jan
26
Thu
Transition social lunch @ The Bricolage
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Transition social lunch @ The Bricolage

A continuation of the 2017 Transition Goshen reawakening.

An opportunity for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions related to Transition and/or community resilience.

Bring your own lunch.  Some table service will be available to use.

The Bricolage is located above Ten Thousand Villages in downtown Goshen.

Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon

One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of Goshen to host weekly community game nights at the Salon.  BWB will have a lot of demo games available; just bring the fun!

Jan
27
Fri
Transition social hour @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Transition social hour @ The Salon

A continuation of the 2017 Transition Goshen awakening.

The last opportunity of the week for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions related to Transition and/or community resilience.

Phil and Ben will bring drinks. (it’s happy hour!)

This event will be hosted at Goshen’s new pop-up community space, The Civic Salon, located at 213 S. Main St. (entrance on the alley beside Better World Books).

Women’s March Potluck @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm
Women's March Potluck @ The Salon

Many local women here in Elkhart made history this weekend, by participating in Women’s Marches accross the country, along with over 5 million people worldwide (Wow!). As a way to reflect, decompress, and discuss next steps we can take together as a community, I will be hosting a Potluck at the Civic Salon this Friday at 6pm. Whether you were unable to attend a march and would like to hear reflections by those who attended, or you participated and would like to share a personal story/ moment/ memory that impacted you, any and all are welcome at this event! Some activities may include:

-open sharing time- reflections, poetry, comments
– post cards to fill out and send to representatives
-resource list of representatives to concact (phone numbers and addresses)
-looking at the Women’s March “10 Actions in 100 days” call to action
-dialogue concerning what we can do to better support all women in our community

Please post on the page if you have an idea or request for something we should include during the event.

Bring a dish/ snack/ drink to share, and a friend!

In order to get a ballpark idea of numbers, please RSVP to this event if you will be attending.

https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

Jan
28
Sat
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Our country is currently experiencing what feels like for many a deepening and widening of social and political divides.  The effects for these divisions are being experienced within and between individuals and groups at all levels — in our families, our schools, and other institutions, across our communities, states and country.   It is becoming increasingly more difficult for good, well-intentioned people coming from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to  communicate across differences in ways that enable understanding rather than misunderstanding, tolerance rather than intolerance, hope rather than cynicism.
In this workshop, Philip Thomas, born and raised in Goshen, will be introducing dialogue and the importance of taking a “dialogic approach” to bridge the divides that separate us in our community and to enable more inclusive ways for addressing the challenges we must face together.  This workshop will focus on the following questions:
  • What is dialogue and why is it important?
  • When is it needed?   If not possible, what alternatives do we have?
  • What are the conditions and process considerations for achieving effective results?
  • What are some examples of innovative methodologies that could be relevant for local use?
Philip Thomas has spent the last 25 years supporting change processes in a number of highly polarized contexts across the globe (over 20 countries spanning 5 continents).  Much of his work has focused on helping create the conditions for enabling divided war-torn societies to work together on reconstructing the social fabric through long-term dialogue processes.   Together with his colleague, Bettye Pruitt, he wrote the book Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners, a joint publication of the United Nations and the Organization of American States.  This book is available in five different languages and can be downloaded at no cost on his website d3associates.net.
This workshop is free and open to anyone interested.    We would appreciate RSVP in order to have a sense of how many will be participating.
Jan
29
Sun
Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exploring Goshen's Third Side:  "When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon

Building on Saturday’s workshop on Dialogue, Philip Thomas will facilitate a workshop in which participants will explore together creative ways of promoting and strengthening the following core principles and values that many residents of Goshen have affirmed through the work of the Community Relations Commission in 2009:

  • Respect for each other and respect for each other’s rights
  • Open communication and engagement
  • Honesty
    A safe community
  • Acceptance that change has positive and negative consequences
  • Tolerance of differences
  • Support for equality and freedom from discrimination

In social change processes, there are often many different roles that are required to effectively achieve lasting change. In this facilitated forum, Philip will present a short video and overview of the concept of “the third side” developed in the fields of peace building and conflict transformation. This then will be used as an orienting framework for participants to engage in brainstorming and planning potential strategies for continuing to ensure Goshen remains a community known for its capacity to preserve unity while respecting its rich diversity through the practices of tolerance, hospitality, equity and dialogue.